Here's a knotty question for you, one that I know is much discussed by authors. Should history get in the way of a good story?
Speaking for myself, absolutely not! But on the other hand, it should abolutely be there - or it is hardly a historical novel! - and in skilfull hands, the historical detail fascinates. As a writer, obsessed with one's own subject, it can be difficult to judge just when detail of events or objects is "getting in the way". But as a reader, how much history do you like with your romance?
How accurate should a historical romance be in its detail? I know many writers who go to extraordinary lengths to ensure their history is accurate and their story authentic, and I'm sure this shines through. But do you know or care if someone wears the wrong kind of dress and or rides from London to the Scottish Highlands in one day? Or do you find a deviation from the customs or other detail of the time, draws you out of the story so much that you can't enjoy it?
Curious minds want to know :)